The Flash is back, a few days ahead of his Dawn of Justice counterpart.
Director: Glen Winter
Writers: Lauren Certo and Lilah Vandenburgh
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe
Candice Patton as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Allison Paige as Eliza Harmon/Trajectory
Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
Violett Beane as Jesse Wells
Tone Bell as Scott Evans
Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West
Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick (?)
The group go out for a night on the town and, since Zoom is currently back in his home universe, they encounter another speedster, who creates problems for the Flash.
The group learns Zoom’s identity, which reawakens Barry’s interest in crossing to another universe (I understand he’ll be doing that on Monday).
Barry has to deal with the (at least, apparent)* betrayal by yet another mentor figure, and the fact that he’s not, in fact, the Fastest Man Alive, and Gustin does a good job of depicting the character’s drive and frustration without entirely abandoning the show’s generally light tone. And while the show functions as a kind of message episode about chemical shortcuts, that element never feels forced or overdone.
I’ll skip the excessive bad science, and we can easily blame the villain’s questionable decisions on her drug-induced insanity. Instead I’ll point out how disturbing it is that Wells jokes about making a cage for his daughter, who was until recently imprisoned by a deranged criminal. Shouldn’t the episode at least call him on that?
Originality: 1/6 The Flash fights a speedster; the episode ends with a kind of cliffhanger reveal.
Story: 5/6 We have a decent story, though the science is especially poor, even for The Flash.
Emotional Response: 5/6
Overall: 5/6 The story maintains some balance between Barry’s personal struggles and the comic-book battles. It’s not the strongest episode, but it does a nice job of combining its villain-of-the-week with the season’s overall trajectory.
In total, “Trajectory” receives 31/42
*We don’t know for certain which version of Jay Garrick this might be. I’m wondering if we’ll see a “Villain is the Future of the Hero” sort of situation.